Thursday, January 27, 2022

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0052Z January 28, 2022

SMOKE:
Southeastern United States...
Agricultural burning activity was observed throughout the southeastern
U.S. and fires throughout the area were emitting light to moderate
density smoke plumes were generally moving southwest in direction as
evening approached.

California...
Numerous agricultural fires throughout northern California were emitting
mostly thin density smoke which was moving northwest out over the Pacific.

Louisiana...
Seasonal burning along the Louisiana Gulf Coast was responsible for
several light to moderate smoke plumbs that were seen moving south in
direction over the Gulf as evening approached.

Hispaniola/Caribbean…
A broad area of thin density smoke from ongoing wildfires in the
southwestern part of the Dominican Republic was seen this morning
stretching from southern Haiti and the southwest part of the Dominican
Republic to the southwest and well off the coast over the Caribbean to
the east of Jamaica. Moderately dense to locally thick smoke was seen
closer to the wildfires.

SMOKE/AEROSOL:
Bay of Campeche/Southern Mexico/Northwestern Central America/Pacific
Ocean South of Mexico and Central America/Cuba/Caribbean…
A combination of mainly thin density aerosols from oil and gas flaring
and other industrial pollution sources along with leftover smoke from
regional seasonal fire activity was visible today across a portion of
southern Mexico and northwestern Central America and extending well off
the coast of southern Mexico and Central America over the eastern Pacific
Ocean. Similar patches of this aerosol and smoke combination were seen
over Cuba and extending south offshore over the Caribbean between Cuba
and Jamaica.

Eglin


THIS TEXT PRODUCT IS PRIMARILY INTENDED TO DESCRIBE SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF
SMOKE ASSOCIATED WITH ACTIVE FIRES AND SMOKE WHICH HAS BECOME DETACHED
FROM THE FIRES AND DRIFTED SOME DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE SOURCE FIRE.
TYPICALLY OVER THE COURSE OF ONE OR MORE DAYS.  AREAS OF BLOWING DUST ARE
ALSO DESCRIBED.  USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VIEW A GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF THESE
AND OTHER PLUMES WHICH ARE LESS EXTENSIVE AND STILL ATTACHED TO THE SOURCE
FIRE IN VARIOUS GRAPHIC FORMATS ON OUR WEB SITE:

JPEG:   http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/currenthms.jpg
GIS:    ftp://satpsanone.nesdis.noaa.gov/FIRE/HMS/GIS/
KML:    http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/fire.kml (fire)
        http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/smoke.kml (smoke)

ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE SENT TO:
SSDFireTeam@noaa.gov

 


Unless otherwise indicated:
  • Areas of smoke are analyzed using GOES-EAST and GOES-WEST Visible satellite imagery.
  • Only a general description of areas of smoke or significant smoke plumes will be analyzed.
  • A quantitative assessment of the density/amount of particulate or the vertical distribution is not included.
  • Widespread cloudiness may prevent the detection of smoke even from significant fires.